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Noonday, TX, Feb. 10, 2004

Chemical Weapons Found - In East Texas

It has been a hot topic--over a year of searching - and "no" weapons of mass destruction. For a country so focused on threats from abroad - tonight's news 12 special report may serve as a reminder that other dangers lurk among us. as news 12's eli stokols reports, the people of noonday, texas have learned firsthand about terror next door.

they visited their rented storage lockers every morning - a quiet, older couple whose lives seemed almost painfully routine to teresa staples, the owner of noonday storage.

teresa staples: "they were really friendly people. We never had any problems with them. They always paid their rent on time. We just took it that they dealt in army-navy surplus."

but - bill krar and his wife, judy bruey, had a secret inside locker number 12. F-b-i photos show a huge stockpile of weapons, ammunition, racist and anti-government books and pamphlets, and a sodium cyanide bomb. Federal investigators still don't know why.

brit featherston, us attorney: "i've yet to figure out a reason why you have that stuff except to kill people." what might have been audaciously deadly domestic terrorism plot was first discovered two years ago - when an envelope krar sent to a militia-member in new jersey...was misdelivered in manhattan.

featherston: "it had these fraudulent dept. Of defense documents, un tags, lots of strange and suspicious things...a letter krar wrote that said, 'gee, i hope this doesn't fall into the wrong hands.' and, ironically, it did." and the f-b-i headed to noonday, texas.

leslie duecker: "they wouldn't give us a lead on anything. He just left a card and said if there's anything suspicous, give us a call."

leaving on-site manager leslie duecker unsettled - and re-thinking krar's story.

leslie duecker: "...moved from new hampshire to escape the bad economy. That's what they told us."

bill lemmert: "i think they were just here to hide, until they figured out what they were going to do with it." veteran justice of the peace bill lemmert says - extremists have long been drawn to these piney woods.

lemmert: "you get out here in the country, and no one pays attention to you. You can pretty much do what you want to."

but, krar and bruey were not hermits...lunching daily at the general store, blending in...

delong: "...like a blade of grass."

these folks still don't believe it - a chemical bomb capable of killing 30-thousand people, found in a town of just over 500.

staples: "i guess it's different when it happens right outside your bedroom window." // "it's like noonday, it can't be that big of a deal, but it is. It really is."

eli: "sentencing will take place this month, here at the federal courthouse in tyler. The end of the criminal case - bringing about some convictions, but few answers as to what krar and bruey were planning on doing with those weapons...and, what other dangers lurk, not just abroad, but right here in our own communities. In tyler, texas, eli stokols, news 12."

while the hunt for osama bin laden now defines the f-b-i--the agency's domestic terrorism caseload has increased ten times since just before the 19-95 oklahoma city bombing.

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